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Hey guys, thought I'd post this here before letting it loose elsewhere. Some may find it a tad harsh, but it's how I (and many many people I've spoken with) feel. Feel free to tear it apart, but I feel like the time for sugar coating has well and truly gone. Most of it isn't new sentiment for us who frequent here, just collective thoughts.
Something is happening. Change is happening. As a Warriors supporter, there is a mood in the air that I have never experienced in 20 years. Or should I say, lack of mood - apathy is the only word I can find to describe it. The lack of enthusiasm, emotion, and even general interest in some cases, is a stark contrast to years gone by.
There was a time when...
The Warriors have become a parody of themselves. From the team itself to everything that surrounds them. It's laughable. They are a joke.
"Big warriors forwards". One of the smallest, cowardly, least dominant packs in the comp.
The "Warriors style of football" - which we haven't played for 13 years.
"The Warriors are sucking in the big ones". Despite our "best offseason ever".
Where star players go to die.
Darryl Halligan being our specialist co-commentator. How he has a job I don't know.
Bluey - sacked as coach only a couple of years ago - providing "expert insights" during "The Aftermatch" on Sky.
Steven McFuckNuggets. Enough said.
All the TV ads about loyalty and legacy and all that bullshit. Stop lying to us.
The Owen Glen saga.
Not sure where to post this but I'll start a thread anyways. After the Storm game I was so angry I wrote an email to Jim Doyle, not really knowing if I was going to get an email back, but I received it today about a week and a bit after I sent it.
So here goes. This was before the full story of the 6 came out.
Hi Mr. Doyle.
My first ever time emailing to a big wig like yourself so it's daunting, but I'm going to give it a try.
This week I bet you'd like to see over real fast.
I know you've been dealing with the fallout from the Storm game, and then the fallout from the 6 guys getting dropped, and I know you have a lot more stuff going on than having to deal with countless email after email from pissed off fans.
Decided to create a thread to congratulate my favourite player Manu Vatuvei on his 10 years of service to the club. It will be officially celebrated during the Storm game at Mt Smart this weekend (Sunday, July 28 2:00 PM).
Manu 'The Beast' Vatuvei
Games - 160*
Tries - 111
Points - 444
Games - 20
Tries - 13
Points - 52
2005 Tri Nations Champions
2008 Rugby League World Champions
2010 Four Nations Champions
NRL All Stars
Tries - 0
Points - 0
NRL Debut 23 May Round 11 vs Rabbitohs
International Debut for Kiwis 16 October 2005 Tri Nations vs Kangaroos
Scores 2 tries in 2005 Tri Nations Final vs Kangaroos 24-0
2005 Tri Nations Winners
NRL 50th game 7th July Round 17 vs Cowboys
It is easy to get caught up in the on-field disappointments, but sometimes you forget how much this club does for the community.
I’m a secondary school teacher in the Horowhenua, which is an area with a lot of challenges – domestic violence, and poverty in particular.
I run several social project initiatives through my classes and a community action group. This year, amongst other things, I have a class who are filling backpacks with new possessions for children who are removed from their families and put in foster/state care in conjunction with local police and other advocacy groups in the area.
The students sent an email explaining what they were doing and asking for assistance to many different organisations. In response they received a very quick reply from the Warriors praising...
Going to jump the gun here on this thread because I have some really clear thoughts I want to get off my chest. Im not one for knee jerk reactions when picking a team and usually pick a steady team that I think the coach will pick but that tactics going out the door right now.
1. SAM TOMKINS
2. GLEN FISIIAHI
3. NGANI LAUMAPE
4. KONRAD HURRELL
5. MANU VATUVEI
6. CHAD TOWNSEND
7. SHAUN JOHNSON
8. SAM RAPIRA
9. THOMAS LEULUAI
10. BEN MATULINO
11. JAYSON BUKUYA
12. DOMINIQUE PEYROUX
13. SIMON MANNERING
14. JACOB LILLYMAN
15. SUAIA MATAGI
16. CHARLIE GUBB
17. STEVE WAETFORD
DANE NIELSEN - Stifles the whole left edge. Whether Manu Vatuvei was standing too flat or not is irrelevant. Look where the fuck you are passing and make sure the option is there. And whats up with all the...
Just wanted to offer the McLeod family my deepest condolences for the passing of Peter McLeod.
A lot of fans have never heard his name before but if it werent for this mans huge effort we wouldnt have a club representing NZ in the NRL. Simple as that.
While it was members of the Mt Albert Rugby League clubs Board, which included John Ackland, that first wrote a letter to the New South Wales Rugby League Chairman it was Peter McLeod who was tasked by Auckland Rugby League with providing feasibility reports. getting sponsors, players, a coach, CEO, etc.
It was his efforts that saw us admitted into the comp in 1993 ahead of Austraian teams the North Queensland Cowboys, Western Reds and South Queensland Crushers. So prepared and thorough was McLeod's presentation that we were actually...
To my Warriors Family I would like to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year. Please stay safe and look after your family as everyone is un replaceable.
It seems many of us have short memories as the inevitable 'excitement' around 2018 builds. I hate to be the harbinger of bad news, but it's worth putting everything into context before we all get carried away by exclamations around 'best ever recruitment' and 'hardest ever pre-season'.
Fact #1. Steve Kearney is STILL coach.
Kearney's first grade coaching record now stands at 66 matches; 17 wins; 48 losses; and 1 draw, at a wholly unimpressive 25.8% winning ratio. Get your head around that. It is literally one of the worst winning percentages in NRL coaching history. Heck, even Craig 'Tugger' Coleman had a better one at Souths (31.5%). You want to know what Matty Elliott's overall winning percentage is? 45.7. McFadden? 43.3. Kearney's is barely past 25%. It's atrocious, and no amount...
The Sack coach cappy thread reads like a tennis match of a Warrior fan kind.
There are those who hit the ball in anger about the coach.....and those that return serve in anger about the players. Both parties are guilty of clinging to long held hoary old arguments.
This thread title is somewhat tongue in cheek inspired by NZWARRIORS forum vernacular and culture......it's either sack this and sack that....or thread titles read like a C.I. channel forensic show.....' residue every where' ........residual value this....and residual value that.
Lets be clear here.
There are two great tensions in Warrior land. There are the group of pitch fork wavers that want to lynch the coach, and there are the moderates who are sick of the same blame culture of coaches and defend the coaching position...
Travelling Circus Returns Home
I did a double take when the coverage of Saturday night’s league coverage started in Penrith. The ground was of course awash with pink to celebrate the Women in League round, yet the first shot of the Warriors in their dressing room took me by surprise. They were wearing an odd jersey for an away match in a special round, their plain black home strip.
“What the **** is this shit!” I exclaimed. I then realised the Panthers had stolen our thunder, and had turned out in their own novelty pink strip! Management must have been seething, Manu’s manager must have been ropeable! Novelty jerseys are our thing, we invented them, we get to wear and sell them first! No matter, we soon put this great injustice behind us and meekly surrendered to a rampaging pink...
The tone of most threads so far have been very negative.
I thought it was worth starting a thread where people can come in here and talk about the positive side to the club.
This isnt a piss take.
I think it's important we dont spiral into a world of negativity.
So I'll start by saying the family culture that maybe holds us back as a club is also the one thing to be proud of as a club.
I saw in one of James Gavet interviews he said " be good to people"
It struck a cord with me.
Its so true.
They're good people our boys
They're not thugs, alcoholics, wife beaters or associate themselves with gangs. They're not in the news for all the wrong reasons like those aussies across the ditch.
Our guys value family. Respect their elders.
These are the type of people we should be...
Roderick 'Rocky' Cavanagh has passed away.
For those that dont know of him he was one of three people, along with Brian Elliston and John Ackland, involved with the Mt Albert Rugby League club who drafted the first letter to the then NSWFRL and Australian Rugby League Chairman Ken Arthurson about the possibility of an Auckland team joining the Australian competition.
They decided to go straight to Arthurson instead of through proper channels like Auckland Rugby League or the New Zealand Rugby League because they thought if they did the idea would never have achieved any traction.
While the real leg work was done by others, the Warriors and its fans owe Rocky a small debt of gratitude for his involvement in bringing about this team we all support. Without his,...
These are all the wide shots of the field, from the first half, when the tackled played and the ref are both stationary.
Can't see the lines on the field.
13 Meters. Getting better.
First wide shot of Manly back 9 meters and offside out wide.. No whistle.. Ref even looks like he's running early.
There's a whole 10 meter sector of the field between them?
Hiding behind the goal post.
Likes standing on the line to make life easy for the touchies.
12 Meters. Now they're giving us a leg up... Manly should be complaining about now...
Ball being played and half the Manly team still offside, play goes to our right. No whistle.
Late in the half and the ref stats giving us some room to move, and guess what? We score a try.
13 of the 16 clubs under water...
So is this bumbling excuse for a NRL club going to finally do something smart and agressively go after Hasler?
If we want the "is it the players or is it the coach" question that follows pretty much every season answered, we actually need to hire a quality coach to prove one way or the other...we cant keep hireing pathetic coaches who've never won a damn thing, and then turn around and say it's not the coaches fault when yet another appalling season comes to an end.
Rugby World Cup-winning coach Sir Graham Henry will be a familiar sight around the Warriors over the next month providing support for the club's NRL squad and football department.
Sir Graham, who guided the All Blacks to Rugby World Cup success in 2011, spent time at the club for the first time on Monday in a role he agreed to take up several weeks ago.
"I've had an association with Cappy (head coach Andrew McFadden) on a social level for quite a while now. I've got a lot of time for him as a coach and I also really enjoy his company," said Sir Graham.
"We've had some healthy discussions about coaching previously and I'm thrilled to have the chance to be able to work with him, to observe...
Just a question to all the couch coaches out there.
How would you improve the lack of go forward in the Warriors?
Is it the players that we have, is it the delivery from dummy half, is it our attacking strategies and shapes, is it fitness, is it heart, is it mongrel, is it technique, is it the balance in our squad, is it a lack of footwork, is it our general kicking, is it a combination of things?
A couple of things I would change:
- The back 3 needs more balance, if we play Mannering at 13 then we need an offloading beast on the fringes to get some punch on the edge. Hoffman, Mannering and Thompson are all a bit vanilla for me. I would much rather have Matulino, Mannering and Thompson.
- My starting props would be Vete and Gavet. These two are no nonsense players, have a bit of...
The Sharks game was fairly depressing, so I am keen to move on.
Laumape + Hurrell combination was exposed again, so against a team featuring Matai and Lyon I'd like to see us start with a solid defender with a bit of lanky size about him in Peyroux.
When Laumape comes on, Peyroux can spell Mateo if need be.
If Packer was good for the Vulcans, he comes back. We need his size and mongrel versus Rose and co.
Taylor's starting to head back down the road of throwing fruity passes and overplaying his hand, while also featuring heavily in the missed tackles. Perhaps he's rundown; wouldn't surprise me as a young...
Matagi's journey: From prison to Mt Smart
Last updated 12:50 07/07/2013
Rising Warriors cult hero Suaia Matagi will tell you he was a bad kid as a teenager. He hung out with a bad crowd. He was an alcoholic, a smoker, someone who dabbled with gangs.
''I thought that was life,'' Matagi told the Fairfax Media last week. ''That was how I looked at life. I just did what I wanted.''
Matagi was going nowhere - and didn't care. That's when it happened. He got in a fight, a really bad one and beat someone up good and proper.
The result was a three-year prison sentence, to be served in Manawatu Prison, in Linton.
He took his medicine, sat in prison and thought...
Read an interesting article that touched on this and didnt know where to stick it. Certainly didnt deserve to be put in the first 2 threads that where more to do with the club culture during Matt Elliott's time.
To find the first two parts follow the link. Most discussion has happened around really periods of the club so hopefully this thread wont see a lot of action.
Anyway. Onto the article. Probably the best behind the scenes articles Ive read on the club...
Game day: Behind the scenes of the Warriors
5:00 AM Tuesday Jul 14, 2015
Herald rugby writer Wynne Gray gets a flavour of the...
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